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Cheers in other languages

How to say ‘cheers’ in 50 other languages


When you can say cheers in other languages, you'll quickly make friends no matter where you go. Here's how to say cheers in 50 other languages.

Switzerland living cost

What to do about Switzerland's eye-watering living costs?


Switzerland remains in a price league of its own – with Swiss living costs 61 percent higher than EU averages – driving a continual flow of thrifty shoppers over its borders. But is it all about to end?

Private health insurance

The Swiss healthcare system pros and cons


Expat Jessica recounts her experiences of healthcare in Switzerland and concludes that the system is an impressive one, though paying upfront and compulsory health insurance fees can hurt.

Switzerland millionaires

Swiss wealth: Seldom the result of hard work and innovation


Switzerland has the highest density of millionaires in the world. But this is not something to be proud of, says one Swiss sociologist.

Daylight saving Switzerland

The Swiss century-old fight over Daylight Saving Time


Even Swiss cows have entered the debate over whether to keep daylight saving in Switzerland or abolish it, like in the past.

How do you draw a country like Switzerland?


It is not easy to sum up a country with four linguistic regions in a Swiss cartoon and ensure it makes sense to an international readership in 10 languages. That was the task given to cartoonist Marina Lutz.

What makes the Swiss the happiest people in the world?


Who are the happiest people in the world? The Swiss, it seems, when combining three leading global reports. But what makes the Swiss so happy?

beautiful french words

18 beautiful French words that have no English equivalent


Everyone can find use for these beautiful French words, which perfectly explain those inexplicable emotions that no English word can't describe.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand


As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Swiss things to do

Stuff Swiss people like


After a year in Switzerland expat blogger Amanda discovers the things Swiss people love the most – besides cows, cheese and anything Swiss-made.

Zurich facts

11 interesting facts about Zurich you didn’t know


As the financial Swiss capital, most people see Zurich as a straight-laced and no-nonsense city. But these 11 surprising facts show Zurich is more fun than it lets on.

Swiss parenting

Swiss resist overprotective childrearing – but are Swiss 'free-range' kids...


In Switzerland kids typically walk or play outside without strict supervision, part of a cultural legacy that could be at risk by fearful headlines of Switzerland's safety.

French gift ideas

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

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Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

Swiss drug crisis

How Switzerland overcame its national embarrassment


It took a controversial break from tradition for Switzerland to erase its national embarrassment: it started handing out heroin and drugs to addicts.

German language

Diccon Bewes: False friends in German


It would seem the sole existence of 'false friends' is to trip up foreign language learners and land them red-faced in embarrassing situations.

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